Slack: Corridor in corporate chat

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The instant messaging service Slack now offers a function to address colleagues informally. The idea is to create an atmosphere like walking past your colleague’s desk, says Slack.

The new kind of virtual office talk is called Slack Huddles. With this feature, casual office calls should also be made possible in the home office. As is already known from the instant messaging service Discord, for example, you can now use Slack to speak to colleagues or people outside the company in a channel or by direct message. The cameras can be omitted, but it is possible to share your screen. The function is now available for all paying project teams.

In the second big innovation, users can create and share video, voice and screen recordings in Slack. The aim is to reduce the number of rigidly planned meetings and instead record videos that can be accessed flexibly. It promises a new and improved playback experience that also works with third-party videos. Users can speed up or slow down the content of videos, read through the transcript, and watch the videos from their phone on the go. The recordings made in Slack should also be automatically archived with searchable transcriptions. The new feature is to be made available to paying project teams in the coming months.

There is also a function with which the sending of recordings and conventional messages can be planned. It is now available to all project teams. All information about the update can be found in the Slack blog post. At the beginning of the year, Slack introduced some new messaging features and removed others.

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